OLD TREES DON’T DIE – THEY JUST FADE AWAY
The People’s Park in Limerick was forced to close for two weeks in February 2014 after Storm Darwin caused 19 trees to fall and work was needed to repair damaged pavements, railings and unblock pathways. But there was some good news … some of the oldest and rarest trees knocked in Limerick’s People’s Park by Storm Darwin are being given a new lease of life by being transformed into works of art.
Sadly one of the rarest trees in the park, an ornamental tree called a ‘Tetradium Danielli” which was about 80 or 90 years old was destroyed in the storm. The tree in question is commonly called a ‘Bee Bee’ tree as it is covered in late July and August with masses of small white flowers which attracts large numbers of bees as a source of late summer honey. Prk management had a chat with Zambian woodcarver Paradazi Havatyitye and as a result he carved three beautiful bees in the remaining stump.